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TBP--Judging the March's Success

Judging the March's Success | The Bilerico Project:
"There's a paradox involved in winning change in Washington, D.C. No one wins in the halls of Congress without first winning in the neighborhoods of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, California, New York, Florida and hundreds of other places.

In cold, crass terms, we won't win until we have the political muscle to pressure 60 senators and 218 representatives in their home districts. Those are the numbers needed to pass bills through the House and Senate.

We have to be so well organized on the local level that 60 senators and 218 representatives know -- right down to their socks -- that if they vote against us, they'll be punished, and if they vote with us, they'll be protected.

Some estimates put the size of the march at up to 250,000. That's great, but the number means very little to individual senators and representatives because those 250,000 people came from all over the country.

Think about it this way: If 250,000 voters... No, let me revise that... If only 25,000 marched in the home states of 60 senators and 218 representatives, we would surely win the day."

DON'T GIVE UP ON THE LOCAL FIGHTS! The Federal fight sure is important, but we have to win at home too!


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Here, as of 3:35 a.m. and with 1767 out of 1774 precincts reporting, are the Iowa Secretary of State's election results:

Supreme Court Justice David L. Baker
Yes 443437 45.75%
No 525865 54.25%

Supreme Court Justice Michael J. Streit
Yes 442459 45.6%
No 527921 54.4%

Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus
Yes 437118 44.99%
No 534486 55.01%

The court was unanimous in its 2009 ruling that Iowa's constitution required marriage equality."

Can we trust Rasmussen anymore?


Happy Hour Roundup will be coming late today. Fortunately, there is lots of news to report on! Unfortunately, there will be no time for me to collect it and send it. Expect it between 5pm and 6pm!